Practice Areas

CIVIL LITIGATION

Civil litigation and dispute resolution are a substantial portion of our practice. Our litigation attorneys have expertise in the areas of breach-of-contract litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, nursing home litigation, dram shop, business tort litigation, real estate litigation, tax, shareholder, fraud, employment discrimination, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, trademark infringement, and product liability matters. The firm represents corporations, individuals, and partnerships in all aspects of debtor/creditor relations, mechanic's lien matters, foreclosures, and enforcement of construction contracts. We have substantial experience in land development and zoning matters. We regularly counsel our clients concerning matters of insolvency and credit. Our firm also represents clients in eminent domain matters, a specialty few other firms possess.

REAL ESTATE AND COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS

Our firm regularly drafts and negotiates contracts for a variety of commercial activities. We represent general contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, architects and real estate developers in connection with hotel, golf course, shopping center, and other commercial real estate developments. We regularly organize profit and not-for-profit corporations, general and limited partnerships, and proprietorships. After origination of the business enterprise, we continue to counsel clients in the daily operation of their businesses including management disputes, tax considerations, expansion or contraction of the business, employment practices and benefits, and executive compensation.

ESTATE PLANNING AND PROBATE

Our clients can take advantage of our estate planning and probate practice with financial consultations, and preparation and administration of wills and trusts. Our experienced attorneys can make recommendations in matters of estate tax planning, such as the creation of foundations and other charitable interests. We can also make recommendations on various types of property transfers and rearrangements that can benefit our clients.

TAXATION

The firm offers a full range of services in the areas of tax planning, compliance, and representation before the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Tax Court. Tax planning consultation for closely-held businesses is available in the areas of corporate formation, asset acquisitions, ownership succession, corporate reorganizations, and stock and asset dispositions. Tax planning for individuals is available with respect to lifetime and testamentary transfers of property in connection with trust and will drafting. Our attorneys prepare federal and state income tax returns for corporate executives, corporations, partnerships, and fiduciaries. We also assist with federal and state estate tax returns for decedents' estates. The firm regularly represents individuals and corporations in examinations by the Internal Revenue Service, Illinois Department of Revenue, the tax enforcement agencies of other states, and in litigation in the U.S. Tax Court.